“Edelman-to-Detroit” April 1 prank fooled some high-profile media members

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Julian Edelman has not signed a contract with the Lions. Despite what you may have heard.

On April 1, Bill Simmons went on Colin Cowherd’s show, and both Simmons and Cowherd talked about an Edelman-to-Detroit “report” that was actually an April Fools’ Day prank.

“Even Edelman, it seems like he might be heading to Detroit. Is that official?” Simmons said.

“Yes,” Cowherd said. “It’s talked about.”

But there’s been no such deal. As explained by Justin Rogers of the Detroit News, a Patriots fan Twitter account had posted an April Fools’ Day tweet saying, “BREAKING. WR Julian Edelman has been signed by the Detroit Lions on a 2-year deal. Thanks for everything Jules.”

Although Lions General Manager Bob Quinn and coach Matt Patricia both worked for Bill Belichick in New England and have prioritized bringing in former Patriots, it should have been obvious the tweet was a prank, seeing as Edelman is not a free agent and therefore could only be traded, not signed by the Lions.

On Friday, Simmons acknowledged he’d been had.

“Right before I went on The Herd on Wednesday, I saw a tweet that Edelman was heading to Detroit and did NOT realize it was an April Fool’s tweet,” Simmons tweeted.

This isn’t a year when many people were in the mood for April Fools’ Day, but this was one prank that got some traction.

20 responses to ““Edelman-to-Detroit” April 1 prank fooled some high-profile media members

  1. Someone needs to be reminded the whole point is to fool folks with ridiculous stories that could never be true, such as the spaghetti tree harvest (hence making you a fool), but a Pats’ vet to Detroit is hardly unusual – seems to happen every week.

  2. This should pretty much be the last time Edelman is in the news. His days of catching pick-n-rolls are over

  3. docsmith54 says:
    April 4, 2020 at 2:46 pm
    I listened to that Colin/Simmons interview. Simmons has definitely lost a step.
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    Dunno Doc, don’t think Simmons has lost a step so much as the competitive drive.

    He’s skipped voluntary work outs the last couple years once he started “The Ringer” and I’ve heard rumors he’s no longer grinding it out till the wee hours to get that extra edge he had when he was younger.

    Does a trade of New England’s biggest homer to Detroit make sense? Change of scenery yadda yadda…

  4. I rewatched the Patriots Falcons super bowl yesterday. What a game. Edelman’s miracle catch, given the comeback, 2:28 left down 8, was one of the all-time great catches.

  5. askafeld says:
    April 4, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    docsmith54 says:
    April 4, 2020 at 2:46 pm
    I listened to that Colin/Simmons interview. Simmons has definitely lost a step.
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    Dunno Doc, don’t think Simmons has lost a step so much as the competitive drive.

    He’s skipped voluntary work outs the last couple years once he started “The Ringer” and I’ve heard rumors he’s no longer grinding it out till the wee hours to get that extra edge he had when he was younger.

    Does a trade of New England’s biggest homer to Detroit make sense? Change of scenery yadda yadda…

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    I wouldn’t expect 90% of the football fans to know that Edelman wasn’t a free agent. I’m a Patriots fan, and I’m only aware of a handful of the available FA names from the other teams at this point.

    But Simmons?!? First, he’s a professional sports journalist. Second, part of his shtick or gimmick is that he’s a homer Boston sports fan. I would have expected most Patriots fans to know that Edelman wasn’t a free agent.

  6. He’s skipped voluntary work outs the last couple years once he started “The Ringer” and I’ve heard rumors he’s no longer grinding it out till the wee hours to get that extra edge he had when he was younger.

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    Once he did not get his big deal “until 45” after his mvp 2017 season that was his FU to BB, the team and the fans.

    It sucks to admit it, but it all makes sense now.

    He basically acted like he had to buckle down for the 2018 postseason which them got him back to the old Brady, but he saw the D win that SB for him, which lit up the ego in 2019 where he put more pressure on himself yet again, while demanding older, slower, yet accomplished names he can do little work with to make his stats look good.

    Once BB saw he wasn’t willing to work, that was it.

    The “no days off” chant was a subtle hint. Brady became hard to manage and enabled bad behavior like Malcolm Butler, the latter also hard to manage per an unnamed der coach.

  7. No point arguing details. Let’s just enjoy the Patriots returning to the bottom of the division where they belong.

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